St. George
Serbian Orthodox Church
Carmichaels, PA

Bulletin 226 - April 21/May 4, 2003

Chronicle of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church
Diocesan Bishop - His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN
Parish Priest - Fr. Rodney Torbic
296 Old Route 21
Carmichaels, Pennsylvania 15320

April 21/May 4, 2003
Thomas Sunday
No. 226

Revelations 2:19

I know your works, love, service, faith, and your patience; and as for your works, the last are more than the first.

Services This Past Week

Pascha - Resurrection Matins and Pascha Divine Liturgy - Fifty four people were in attendance.
May 3 - Two people were present when the Vesper service was held.

Services This Coming Week - Call to Confirm Weekday Schedule

Today - Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Monday - Vespers - 7:00 PM.
Tuesday - Divine Liturgy - 9:00 AM.
Wednesday - Vespers - 7:00 PM.
Thursday - Matins - 8:30 AM.
Friday - Matins - 8:30 AM Vespers - 4:30 PM
Saturday - Vespers - 7:00 PM

Remember Monastery Marcha with Prayers and Contributions

Important Dates

May 6 - St. George
May l0 - Burning of Relics of St. Sava
May ll - Sunday of the Myrrhbearers
May 18 - Sunday of Paralytic
May 22 - Transfer of Relics of St. Nicholas
May 25 - Sunday of Samaritan Woman
June 1 - Sunday of the Blind Man
June 8 - Fathers of the First Council
June 15 - Pentecost
June 16 - Day of Holy Spirit
June 22 - All Saints
June 23 - Apostles' Fast Begins
June 28 - Vidovdan
July 7 - Nativity of St. John the Baptist

If you are too busy to are too busy!

Parish Life

1. We are honored to have His Grace Bishop MITROPHAN present today.
2. Congratulations to Mildred Seya Woatich, honored Kuma.
3. Thank you to all attending and working for the Slava celebration.
4. Adult classes will resume in June.
5. There will an Executive Board Meeting on Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM.

A Thought From Very Reverend Protos Stavrofor Vojislav Dosenovich *

The Orthodox Faith is the Faith of the Resurrection.In other words, take the Resurrection out of it and there is not much left. We ask how is it possible to believe in resurrection of the body? It would be the same as to ask howthe world came into existence? How does life come into the world? Or how does love come int our hearts? It comes from God. Wouldn't it be easier to call one body to resurrection than all nature, or to call the world into existence? For man this is impossible, but for God it is possible.
*(Spiritual Reminder p.145 )

To Consider

1. The Apostle Thomas seeing the Risen Christ.
2. The declaration of Thomas: "My Lord and My God"
3. The joy brought by the Risen Christ.
4. The hope founded in the Risen Christ.
5. The love emanating from the Risen Christ.
6. The truth revealed by the Risen Christ.
7. The faith of believers in the Risen Christ.
8. The new world of the Risen Christ.
9. The Second Coming of Christ.
10. Our preparation for the Second Coming.
11. The new life in Jesus Christ.
12. Completeness of life in Christ.
13. The message of the empty tomb.
14. The appearances of the Risen Christ.

Remember the Students at St. Sava School of Theology - Libertyville

Recent Activities of Parish Priest

April 28, 29 - Went to Diocesan Center - Mars, Pa.
April 30 - May l - Travelled to New York - St.Sava Cathedral for Clergy Seminar.
May 2 - Went to Diocesan Center in Mars. Went to Mercy Hospital, Canton, Ohio to see Very Reverend Dragan Filipovic. Attended celebration in Midland honoring Protonamesnik Stephen Zaremba.
May 3 - Met with several parishioners on an individual basis.

From the Desert fathers

Abba Euprepius said, 'Knowing that God is faithful and mighty, have faith in him and you will share what is his. If you are depressed, you do not believe. We all believe that he is mighty and we believe all is possible to him. As for your own affairs, behave with faith in him about them, too, for he is able to work miracles in you also.

Thomas Sunday
John 20:19-31

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, "Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." Now Thomas, one of the twelve, called the Twin, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." but he said to them, "Unless I see his hands and the print of the nails, and place my finger in his side, I will not believe." Eight days later, his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. The doors were shut, but Jesus came and stood among them, and said, "Peace be with you." Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be fairthless, but believing." Thomas answered him, "My Lord and my God!" Jesus said to him "Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe."

Believers experience new life in Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ washes away the sins of believers. Jesus Christ gives believers hope. Jesus Christ gives believers direction. Jesus Christ gives believers purpose.
Thomas exclaimed: "My Lord and my God" when he saw the Risen Christ. We experience the Risen Christ at Holy Baptism. We experience the Risen Christ in Holy Confession and Communion. We experience the Risen Christ in prayer. We experience the Risen Christ when we hear the Holy Gospel.
We have to sort out in our lives the matters that of great importance. We have to sort out in our lives the truths that are revealed by Christ. We have to sort out in our lives the best way to live our lives according to Christ.
The Holy Orthodox Church provides structure for Christian living. Christ is experienced in the Holy Orthodox Church.The joy of Christ is found in the Holy Orthodox Church.
The saints and martyrs for Christ have much to teach us. The saints and martyrs for Christ have demonstrated their love for Christ and their faithfulness to Christ.
We have benefitted from the sacrifices of the saints and martyrs who have gone before us. We have a responsibility to the saints and martyrs who have come before us.
Our Christian lives are shaped by our predecessors in the Church. We have a great responsibility as Christians to the identity we have. The way we live should be consistent with the teachings and life of Christ. In no way should we consciously do wrong.
Nourishment exists in the Body and Blood of Christ. Nourishment exists in hearing and reading the Holy Scriptures.
We come to know the love of Christ when we ponder His death on the Cross and His glorious Resurrection. We come to know the love of Christ when we experience forgiveness in Holy Confession.
We come to know the love of Christ when we think about His concern for the least of our brethren. We come to know the love of Christ when we think about His teachings on forgiveness.
We have much to learn from the two thieves on the Cross. One chose to believe in Christ. The other did not. By the way we live, we reveal whether we believe in Christ or not.
Our faith in Christ is expressed in the way we relate to each other. Jesus said: "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (Jn.13:35)
The parish church is the place to demonstrate our love for each other. The family home is the place to demonstrate our love for each other. The place where we work is the place to demonstrate the love of Christ with the people we meet.
In times of sickness, in times of personal tragedy, in times of the death of a loved one or when family crises appear, love needs a place of prominence in our actions.
The holy Apostle Paul said: "Love never fails." (I Cor.13:8). We must cultivate the love of Christ in our lives. We must come to Christ in prayer. We must look to Christ for His love to be in our hearts and in our relations with others.
Pride can be a barrier to love of others. Pride can be the cause of a person's downfall. Pride can cause poverty to exist. Pride can result in great harm among those who call themselves Christian.
The parish church is where believers enter the Christian life. The parish church is where believers have the opportunity to grow in Christ. The parish church is where believers are brought when they depart this life.
From the time of entry into to this life to the time of our departure, the parish church offers nourishment. The parish church provides opportunities to experience forgiveness. The parish church offers lessons in forgiveness.
Thomas knew the Risen Christ. Present day believers experience the Risen Christ. Centuries of life have attested to the Risen Christ.
May our Lord Jesus Christ give us the hope resting exclusively in Christ. May our Lord Jesus Christ give us faith resting exclusively in Christ. May our Lord Jesus Christ give us love manifested in Christ.
Only in Christ do we find the wholeness and fullness fully possible in life.
St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Carmichaels, Pennsylvania.
April 21/May 4, 2003.
Thomas Sunday.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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